What’s Happening This Week – 4th September 2017

What Did I do Last Week?

Last week was the first full week of September, so I'm starting to receive plenty of Christmas orders. (I know, in September!!) I'll try to keep as many of the Christmas things until December or the New Year, as I don't want to spoil any surprises. Of course, you can find my current sneek-peek here, and a full archive of the behind-the-scenes series over here.

So what happened last week?

Last week I was asked to make a special cushion. This is a memorial gift using handwriting from the customer's father-in-law. She asked me to take some text from a greetings card and embroider it, to be given to her mother-in-law. Here is what she sent me and a picture of me getting down to work:

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The work is now complete and this lovely bereavement memento is in-transit to my customer. I do hope that it is a comfort to her mother-in-law and that it captures some joy and fondness from this sample of handwriting.

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What’s Happening This Week – 28th August 2017

What am I working on?

This is hopefully going to be a regular feature here on the MTC blog. In this series of posts, I will keep a record of the products featured on my 'behind the scenes' page. You can find this week's studio activities there, with a full archive to start up here.

So what happened last week?

Last week, I was asked by Rachel to take some text from a greetings card, move it around and embroider it for a framed picture. The preview image looked like this:

Framed Handwriting for Rachel - Behind the Scenes 28th August 2017

This beautiful gift has now been completed and is winging its way over to Rachel. When the work was all done, this is what Rachel is going to receive. It is always a joy to be able to create something that brings happiness to someone. Rachel wanted to keep this short note from a friend on display where it wouldn't become frayed or tatty. I have been able to increase the size and embroider the handwriting, so it can always be seen. I hope it brings Rachel happiness.

The Best Children’s Advent Calendars?

Are we the best? Well, the people at the British broadsheet newspaper The Independent think so.

Memory Thread Co. was been featured in The Indy’s 2015 Best Kid’s Advent Calendars selection as one of only fifteen featured calendars to be enjoyed by children. Of course the Little Beanie is also in their main image, too!

This doesn’t mean that older children (adults?) can’t enjoy our advent calendars. After all, they’re now officially the best. Browse the full collection of Bow Beanie’s Quilted Advent Calendars here

Not Just Children’s Art…

I’m sure everyone is well aware by now how much I love reproducing children’s art in handmade keepsakes or as something a bit more useful.

However when I was recently approached to reproduce something from a hand-made wedding invitation to be made in to a keepsake wedding gift for the bride, I couldn’t refuse.

Mr Beanie and I had an exceptionally small wedding and given that more than half of the attendees were children, we had very few gifts at our wedding, but it was enough to know that a present with real heart and thought is rare.
(Small note: last week Mr Beanie smashed the last of our wedding gift wine glasses, so we now have not a single present in use or kept away for sentimental reasons)

I was contacted on Facebook by someone asking if I would be able to reproduce some flowers that her sister had drawn on the invitations to her wedding.

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She had a few ideas about what she wanted and when we’d agreed that she would like it done on a handkerchief, I sent her some possible designs. index

We then talked about the designs and what she thought her sister would appreciate most as well as which one captured the original picture. In the end, we decided on lifting the entire picture and reproducing it in full across the bottom of a set of napkins for everyone at the ‘top table’. The final product came out wonderfully!

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What do you think?

I will be posting a few more custom keepsakes that I have hand made for other celebrations recently in the near future. I might even add a page to my shop if I can get Mr Beanie to work his technical magic, where I can show off all of these in one place!

Positive Barbie Alternatives

So a timely post… World Doll Day seems to be today!

The Little Beanie’s birthday is now fast approaching and we’ve been looking at some gift ideas. Aside from the obvious hand-made little bits and pieces (perhaps a new personalised superhero cape might be in order as she’s really grown since the last one! [also watch this space for news on these returning to Bow Beanie’s shop in an all-new format]) the Little Beanie herself has been asking for a Barbie doll.

The specific doll she is after is the Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair (thanks to the unrelenting advertising on Channel Five!) but Mr Beanie has put his foot down against any doll that pigeon-holes women into both unrealistic body expectations or stereotyped ‘female-only’ career options. His main objection is that women should look slender, pretty and not think too hard.

After trawling the web he found some wonderful positive role model Barbie alternatives for little girls with BIG ideas.
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Mothers’ Day Competition Winner

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It was Mothers’ day in America yesterday, am I right? Well in any case back on this side of the pond, I ran a giveaway on my facebook page for the United Kingdom’s Mums (It’s the sorta thing I do, because I’m a generous soul!) The winner of the giveaway was a lovely lady with a little boy with a thing for Spiderman; look at this picture he drew (clever little sausage!)

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The prize was for me to reproduce the child’s drawing on fabric to produce a wonderful framed keepsake picture to treasure. The Little Beanie quite likes Spider-Man too; she wanted to keep it to decorate her room with. Actually she puts forward a good case to keep everything I make! Nevertheless this picture was dispatched to the giveaway winner by means of a Royal Mail postman swinging through the streets with Spider-web

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Every Day Mum

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Mothers’ day is just around the corner, From now until the 15th March I will be offering a 15% discount both here and in my Etsy shop. Just use the code EVERYDAYMUM when you checkout.

I have a whole new range of products which are perfect as gifts for mothers and grandmothers, or anybody really – let’s face it, they are adorable. You can have a child’s artwork reproduced faithfully onto fabric to produce a framed picture, a bag, a cushion cover, a hankie… I could put your child’s picture on a nightie if you want! The possibilities are endless and I’m very happy to work with you on a special project

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Mr Beanie’s Grown-up Advent Calendar

There’s all sorts of things you can put in these little pockets, as Mr Beanie has proved. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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These are actually full size bottles in a gigantic 12 foot high advent calendar. Don’t expect Mr Beanie to be of any use in December

Don’t miss out on the fun, order one here and fill it full of miniatures

Advent Calendar Perfection

I love the countdown to Christmas. As a child I had one of these

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Cadbury’s are not giving me any money (or chocolate) for this advertising… They should!

(ok, so I’m using the term ‘child’ quite loosely; my mum kept buying me one until I bought my own house!) But for 2014 and each and every subsequent year I have my new, improved advent calendar

Blue Oversized Advent Calendar £35
Midnight Tree Advent Calendar

And this is what I shall be filling it with

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You can order yours here

Christmas in the Beanie Cave

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted: I’ve been super busy getting ready for Christmas, beavering away in the Beanie Cave…

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I really need to badger NPower to connect me to the national grid. Hand-cranking a sewing machine has left me with an overdeveloped right arm

Next year I’m going to start preparing for Christmas in April. You see, working in the dark of my cave, with only a head torch for light, really tires my eyes and I need to take frequent breaks. Not to mention that this cave is actually in Fife, it takes a fair amount of time to commute to work each day.

In spite of all that, preparations for Christmas are coming on apace and I’ve roped in the techno wizard that is Mr Beanie to aid me in showing my Christmas goodies to the world.

Really I think the messages I want to convey to you now, in the strongest possible terms are:

1) Sorry I have been ignoring you

2) My Christmas shop is OPEN